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LANA: The Memories, the Myths, the Movies Hardcover – October 21, 2008
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Crane, only child to legendary movie star Lana Turner, here delivers an illustrated biography of the Hollywood luminary that belongs at the top of fans' holiday wish lists. The book has the charm of a treasured, well-thumbed scrapbook; it begins with the charming story of Turner's "discovery" at 15, sipping a Coke at the Hollywood Schwab's soda fountain. In short order, she had set off the "sweater girl" trend and was dubbed a "sex symbol" at 16. Turner survived a long career on waves of excess and scandal, entertaining countless suitors and seven husbands ("When she fell in love, she married"). The most prominent of those scandals, which would dominate headlines for months and follow mother and daughter throughout their lives, involves Crane herself: in 1958, at the age of 14, Cheryl stabbed and killed her mother's abusive boyfriend, Johnny Stompanato, a story she relates with humility and grace. The book's greatest draw is the photos-publicity stills, candids and behind-the-scenes shots-that adorn nearly every page; a section on "Lanamours" features page after page of boyfriends (Ronald Reagan, Errol Flynn, Howard Hughes, etc.), and the "Friends" section highlights contemporary actresses, each one more beautiful than the last.
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“There has never been a movie star book as drop-dead gorgeous, nor as personal, as Lana: The Memories, the Myths, the Movies. This lush, lavishly illustrated, 400-page volume is a coffee table book that demands its own coffee table -- maybe a plinth or pedestal with a tiny, discreet light.”
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As for Lana's men, Cheryl's touching recollection of the Johnny Stompanato murder makes a reader want to cry. It is clear to me Cheryl really didn't do anything wrong. She was concerned about her mother, brought the knife up as a defense and Johnny accidentally ran into the knife. She is no more a murderess than I am. Yet, you feel she still feels bad about this all of these years. I would have done the same thing, if it were my mother. Also, Cheryl's small biographies on all of the men in her mother's life is very interesting. Cheryl tells it like it is but doesn't degrade her mother. The chapter on Ronald Dante makes me feel for Lana because as all of us beauty queens or kings get older, we become vunerable to younger men or women, who want to use us. The only comment I will say about Lex Baxter is that he was a bastard. You can read the book and see what I mean for yourself. Tyrone Power was the one who got away. The beautiful pictures of the two stars make you sad because you wish that they could have became a happy couple. Anyway, it is good to see two beautiful people together in Cheryl's rare photos.
The filmography is much more interesting in this book than the book, "The Films of Lana Turner" because Cheryl gives personal insight of what was going on in her mother's life during the making of a particular film, which a stranger could not write.
In summary, the Lana Turner book is about a little girl who thought she was Cinderalla at the ball and as time went by, reality destroyed her dream and made her accept reality or else die. Lana Turner was not only one of the most beauitul of the golden age stars of the movies but one of the most identifiable to the general public. Thank God, she had her daughter with her toward the end because with the men, it just didn't work out.
You will keep going back to reading this book because there is so much information for one to take in for one quick read. Thanks Cheryl for a great book.
Organization-wise, it departs from the traditional biography by presenting her life in well-organized sections before we get to her filmography. By the time we get to look at the section covering her films, we have a pretty good handle on who Lana Turner was due to all of the insightful commentaries her daughter has given on all aspects of Lana's stardom.
The photos are a stunning assortment of glossy studio photography as well as candids that show Lana surrounded by either co-stars or her adoring public. All of them feature captions which shed further light on what is happening at the time the photos were shot.
For any movie fan who has been fascinated by Lana Turner and her film career, this is a must. Probably the most glamorous of all the studio portraits is the one taken for "The Prodigal," an outrageously over-the-top fable featuring a scantily clad Lana as a priestess who has to perform a human sacrifice for the garish finale. It's the ultimate in glamour and has to be seen to be believed.
Among her finest films, my personal favorites begin with the romantic comedy, "Slightly Dangerous," followed by heavier fare such as "Ziegfeld Girl," "The Postman Always Rings Twice," "Green Dolphin Street," "Peyton Place," "Imitation of Life," and "Madame X." All of them get loving treatment and behind-the-scenes commentary from her daughter, typical of the incisive "I was there" type of information that only her daughter could have written.
Summing up: A glowing tribute worth any movie fan's time and worth every penny spent on it, a classic act in every way.
Lana Turner was a glamorous icon, a symbol of the kind of extravagant Hollywood glory that no longer exists and of which this fan has fond memories. She was a better actress than most and certainly better than many remember, but her blonde beauty in the dozens of perfectly posed studio photos and in her films put the emphasis elsewhere. She was, above all, a Star. The photo portraits here are exquisite, carefully chosen by a pair who loved her: her daughter Cheryl and Lou Valentino, collector extraordinaire.
This book is a loving work of art which any fan of Lana's and of old Hollywood will surely want to own.
THE LAYOUT OF THE BOOK IS INCEDIBLE,AND MORE UNSEEN PHOTO'S THAN YOU CAN EVER IMAGINE.
IT IS A SHAME LANA COULD NOT SEE HOW HONESTLY & DIRECT HER STORY WAS TOLD.
HER DAUGHTER DOES SET THE RECORD STRAIGHT...AND ANY ATTEMPT BY ANOTHER AUTHOR TO TELL HER LIFE STORY IN THE FUTUE WOULD BE IN VAIN.
THIS IS THE FINAL WORD ON AN INCEDIBLE STAR.
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